The arrival of Willie Taggart could pay immediate dividends on the recruiting trail for South Florida, as Class of 2013 dual-threat quarterback Asiantii Woulard may be leaning toward giving the Bulls his verbal pledge once again.
The 6-3, 204-pounder from Winter Park High School (Winter Park, Fla.) has reportedly narrowed his potential landing spots to South Florida, North Carolina State and Tennessee, but the Volunteers may now be out of the running because of the dismissal of Derek Dooley. While it would seem that Butch Jones would want to target Woulard because he would fit into the offense very well, it does not seem that Woulard is interested in the Vols at this time.
Chris Hays of the Orlando Sentinel wrote that it appears Woulard's decision will come down to USF and NC State after Taggart has sold the Bulls to Woulard over the past week. Woulard, of course, has given his pledge twice before to USF but eventually decommitted after the firing of Skip Holtz. He originally committed to South Florida in February and backed off of his commitment in April before recommitting to the program in June. He chose the Bulls over Maryland, Rutgers, Syracuse, Purdue and Ole Miss.
The MVP of the Elite 11 finals over the summer recently tweeted that he had a great in-home meeting with Taggart, and it's Taggart's reputation as a recruiter at Stanford and Western Kentucky that may be paying off for the Bulls.
Taggart told Woulard that he plans to take two quarterbacks in the 2013 class, and he already landed one in Fort Lauderdale University School signal-caller Michael White, who is the first commitment of Taggart's USF tenure.
New NC State head coach Dave Doeren has also impressed Woulard, though, as the former NIU head coach believes that Woulard can thrive in his offense as Jordan Lynch did this season in DeKalb. Lynch, of course, recorded 4,753 yards of total offense this season in leading the Huskies to the Orange Bowl.
The 6-3, 205-pound Woulard said he also intends to visit a few other schools, but he did not want to divulge the names. Will Jones and the Vols become a more serious contender for his services?
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